Twisted Spoke

My twisted take on the world of pro bike racing.

Asterix, Obelix and Ullrich. The cartoon doping affair.

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Asterix & Obelix

Respect style. Respect a sense of flair, humor, symbolism and history.

Because whatever ever else you can say about Dope Doc #1, Eufemiano Fuentes, he’s got his whimsical side. Sure, call him dirty, a slime-ball, liar and cheat. He’s all those things and more, probably a bad dresser and a cheap tipper. But never question his sense of humor.

Here’s a man who sets up secret code names for himself and faithful servant Merino Batres using the character names of the most famous cartoon in French history. Asterix, the smart one, and Obelix, the bumbling hulk. The Adventures of Asterix began in 1959 and to date has 34 books in the series. No French boy grows up without these two.

Yes, Operacion Puerto was just such an adventure, a wild and secret ride around the world of doping. What else would you call a man with 100 bags of blood  in the fridge? A man coding the bags by naming them after the name of the rider’s pet. Stop and appreciate the style, the irreverence and playfulness. Yes, drugs are bad but the sly humor cannot be beat.

And while you’re at it, consider that Mr. Ullrich was swinging by Eufemiano’s place to get ready for the biggest bike race in the world: The Tour de France. He was visiting a French cartoon character to prepare for the French race. How amusing symbolic is that?

Our hats are off to Mr. Fuentes. The man has some ethical issues he needs to resolve. But there’s no denying we need his style and humor.


Written by walshworld

November 8, 2009 at 7:07 pm

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  1. Nice post, but the real issue here is: “How did Obelix get so big?” Cartoon characters don’t get that big just by “super-sizing” their “Royales with Cheese.” Clearly there has been some doping going on in the past 50 years and no one is saying a thing. Sure, everyone’s on the clean cycling bandwagon but what about clean cartooning??? TS needs to do a thorough investigation!


    November 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    • As Always Money J, you raise the hidden issue. It does look like Obelix is playing the steroid game. And Astrix could use some human growth hormone.


      November 9, 2009 at 9:28 pm

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